Local Red Cross volunteers are helping people in Houston survive flooding after Hurricane Harvey. Over the weekend, more than 30 volunteers left for Texas from Illinois and eastern Iowa, and eleven of them are from the Quad Cities.
Executive Director of the chapter, Amber Wood, doesn't know exactly where some of the volunteers are working. But she knows they are focused on doing their jobs all day and all night. A few volunteers were sent early to set up meal sites and shelters before the storm to be ready to help right away.
Wood says even Red Cross volunteers who aren't going to Texas are also very busy finding out who's available and making arrangements for their trips.
Donations are an immediate way to help people in Houston were driven out of their homes by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding. Wood says the money is spent on food, supplies, providing shelter, medical services, and logistics and transportation.
More information is at the Red Cross website or by calling 800.733.2767. To send $10.00, text the word "Harvey" to 90999.
People who want to volunteer during disasters may also sign up online to take the courses required for various service assignments.